there are many drugs for almost any disease, but none are risk free. type 2 diabetes (t2d) is a disease prevalent in the aging populations of industrial/developed nations largely due to lifestyle patterns of excess food intake and sedentary behaviors. some of the common drugs used to manage this disease have been shown to increase risk for bone fractures in women more than men, and some warnings are being posted to docs to consider to whom these drugs are prescribed: post menopausal women are at higher risk for both diseases (osteoporosis). read: http://www.healthcanal.com/female-reproductive/10086-Diabetes-drugs-linked-with-higher-risk-fractures-postmenopausal-women.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+healthnewshc%2FOxfp+%28Health+News+from+HealthCanal.com%29
my view on the matter is the infamous Desiderata: ....change those things you can. we can't change aging, except by dying. we can change some of the effects of aging, esp if we start young, such as with proper diet and appropriate exercise/activity. but we can indeed change our risk for and need for meds for T2D, simply by, well, proper diet and appropriate exercise. even if you have the diagnosis, you can, esp early on, reverse it by simply losing weight through, well, proper diet and appropriate exercise. and you don't have to lose tons of it. but the choice, unlike that of living, dying or aging, is easier than the latter, and proper diet and appropriate exercise results in nearly-immediate changes in blood sugar levels that, in due, but short, time could reduce the need for meds and put you back in the game of life....which is, after all, what it's all about.